- Paperback: 788 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Revised ed. edition (23 August 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143104098
- ISBN-13: 978-0143104094
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 3.2 x 21.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 303 customer reviews
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The ideas that shaped our present political system are emereged from our past political thinkers and leaders who desigened the frame in which we are flourishing today. This book clearly mention the views and stands of post independent thinkers and leaders. Clearly mention the stand of Congress towards secular state, hindu and muslim ideologies, one can say that this book is little anti-RSS and pro congress in character, sometimes you can find that author is trying to defend the congress national and foreign policies, but actually the account of Bipin Chandra gives you detailed facts and figure about every positive and negative aspects of policies adopted by government of india after independence. This book is influenced by progressive secular literature. There is no reason to criticize this book --Pranay Singh Feb 23, 2012
well i wont shower any praises for this title its just that go for it . Many critics advise you to cling to r c guha - ind after gandhi .. it might be so but this book is structured according to the exam format which makes it effective to use as a learning guide --johnny blaze Jun 29, 2014
I think it is the most authoritative work on contemporary history.......very well laid out and easy to grasp.....yet it touches each and every aspect. Good for students and for casual reading as well. --by Harpreet Singh on 14 April 14
About the Author
Bipan Chandra, recipient of the Padma Bhushan, was born in Kangra, Himachal
Pradesh. He was educated at Forman Christian College, Lahore and at
Stanford University, California. He was Professor of Modern History at
Jawaharlal Nehru-University (JNU), New Delhi, where he is currently Professor
Emeritus. He was honoured as National Professor and was also the Chairperson
of the National Book Trust. Professor Chandra authored several books on
nationalism, colonialism and communalism in modern India.
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This book serves as a continuation to the much read book "India's Struggle For Independence" by the same author (Bipan Chandra). Since India's Struggle for Independence roughly covers the period from 1857 till 1947, this book (India since Independence) important developments from independence till first decade of the 21st century.
Mr Bipan Chandra needs no introduction. He is a pioneer of History and his interpretation of Indian History is considered the most relevant version. He contributed to the NCERTs and various other publication. He was awarded Padma Bhushan and also served as the director of National Book Trust. But since he is no more, further contribution will be done by co-authors only.
The other two contributors are also experts of their field.
The book is written in a very simple format and a lucid style of writing. It is not meant for scholars and anyone with interest in India's recent past can go through it. No background needed, whatsoever and you would definitely enjoy reading it. It discusses various political, social, economic and cultural dimensions of India's recent history. Various political parties and their handling of the affairs of their time has been elaborated. Some people may find it political but it not possible to be apolitical while writing political history and the author uses his conscience to deliver the best. It also introduces the governance challenges in the nation and what the future may have for us.
In short, it is a journey into India's ship sailing through the ups and downs of time. An alternate to this book is the one written by Ramchandra Guha : India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy
Is there anything New in the recent version? (Launched in August, 2017)
NO. Everything is same. [CHECK PICTURES]
- Only difference is the cover page has been freshened up.
So no need to buy the new version if you have the old one. Both have same number of pages and same content.
I recommend this book to UPSC aspirants in particular since it will be easier to comprehend this one once you finish doing Modern India from "India's Struggle for Independence".
Thanks for your time in reading this review. :) Jai Hind.
It does discuss Land and Agricultural Reforms in depth but the chronology is bit messed up, and sometimes incoherent with the discussion.
At places the authors starts a statistics monologue, which in spite of being crucial to the content under discussion, is a drag after a point. My favorite bits were the chapters on international relations, brief and crisp.
A "maybe" read for CS aspirants who have enough time at hand (with two additional tries from 2014, that shouldn't be a problem !).
Will get interested by seeing cover itself
Still need to read
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